The brainternet project is an absolute world first, and an amazing achievement.
The Wits biomedical engineers have connected a human brain to the internet. Long story short, it streams brainwaves to the web, by converting the brain into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web. They are ultimately aiming to enable interactivity between the user and their brain in order for the user to get a proper feedback from it.
“Brainternet project is a new frontier in brain-computer interface systems. There is a lack of easily understood data about how a human brain works and processes information. Brainternet seeks to simplify a person’s understanding of their own brain and the brains of others. It does this through continuous monitoring of brain activity as well as enabling some interactivity,” explains Pantanowitz.
Brainternet project works by converting electroencephalogram (EEG) signals in an open source brain live stream. A person wears an Emotiv EEG device for an extended period. During this time, the Emotiv transmits the EEG signals to a Raspberry Pi – a credit card sized little computer – live streams the signals to an application programming interface (code that allows software programmes to communicate), and displays data on a website that acts as a portal.
Future applications for this project could lead to some very exciting science breakthroughs.
Machine learning and brain-computer interfaces like Elon Musk’s Neural Laceand Bryan Johnson’s Kernel could use the data collected from this project. It could lead to a better understanding of how our minds work and how we can take advantage of that knowledge to augment our brain power.